The induction ceremony for the IUP Athletic Hall of Fame is an annual event, and this year’s class includes alumni who have reached unparalleled heights in their careers and left a timeless mark on the university and community.
Most important, the athletes who will be recognized this fall show how deep a talent pool the university has created over the years.
Zack Kempa led the golf team to the match-play finals at the NCAA Division II Championships. Photo: Kelly Dumrauf/IUP Sports Information
The inductees, who will be honored with a ceremony at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex on September 27, come from eight varsity sports and span five decades.
They are Sue Brecko ’88, basketball; Jerry Clark ’69, football and baseball; Marissa Dugan ’00, softball; the late Terry Eisenhute ’69, golf; the late Gene Epley ’65, football; Pat Imbrogno ’78, football; Jack Flavin ’69, baseball; Scott Green ’83, track and field; Julie Hess ’03, field hockey; Ron McNabb ’83, basketball; Heather Packard ’99, swimming; Nick Pascarella ’91, football; the late Robert Raemore, track and field; Sara Raschiatore ’03, M’04, cross country and track and field; Gregg Schmidt ’78, football; Je’Mone Smith ’93, M’96, football; and Anthony Zambotti ’03, baseball.
The honorary Bell Ringer Award will go to Bill Betts for his support of IUP athletics.
The induction ceremony begins at 10:45 a.m. and is open to the public. A luncheon will follow at 11:30 a.m. The inductees also will be honored at halftime of the football game against Mercyhurst, which begins at 4:00 p.m. in Miller Stadium. For tickets to the induction ceremony, contact Karyl Miller at 724-357-2057 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The IUP Athletic Department wrapped up another solid spring season in May with a fourth-place finish in the Dixon Trophy standings. The award is given out annually to the top athletic department in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. IUP has finished in the top half of the Dixon Trophy standings every year since 2000–2001 and has placed in the top three five times.
Highlights of the spring season included men’s golf, as the team advanced all the way to the NCAA Division II Championships. Senior Zack Kempa ’14 led the Crimson Hawks to the match-play finals, where they lost to top-ranked Nova Southeastern (Florida). That was quite a run for head coach Fred Joseph’s team, which finished tied for third at the PSAC Championships in the fall. At the end of the season, Kempa was named PSAC Player of the Year for the second straight season, Max Kirsch was picked as PSAC Freshman of the Year, and Kenneth Sames was named to the all-conference team. That trio and Jack Owen were named to the PING All-Atlantic Region team, chosen by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Amy Weinberg, top, and Taylor Norwood, bottom, joined Drew Hayden in setting individual single-season records and being named All-Americans in lacrosse. Photos: Keith Boyer
The women’s lacrosse team completed its most successful season in school history with a trip to the PSAC semifinals, losing to Mercyhurst. IUP ended the campaign with a 13-5 overall record, which tied the school record for wins in a season. In addition, the team set school marks for goals (293), assists (155), and points (448) in a season, and Drew Hayden (63 goals), Amy Weinberg (53 assists), and Taylor Norwood (46 caused turnovers) set individual single-season records and were named All-Americans. Six players earned all-conference honors for their efforts: Hayden, Norwood, Weinberg, Brenna Gallagher, Kim Hooven, and Brittney Palardy.
After reaching the PSAC playoffs, the women’s softball team was knocked out in the semifinals by California. That didn’t end the team’s season though. IUP earned a spot in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional tournament, bowing out with consecutive losses to fellow PSAC teams Shippensburg and Mansfield. Five players were named to the all-conference team: Hannah Mercer, Jasa Mitchell, Alexa Campbell, Stefanie McCoy, and Meghan Carney. Mercer was named the PSAC West Freshman of the Year. Mitchell, who holds several IUP career records, set single-season marks this spring for home runs (15), runs scored (44), and total bases (123).
On her path to the all-conference team in softball, Jasa Mitchell set single-season marks for home runs, runs scored, and total bases. Photo: Keith Boyer
Continuing its steady rise to national prominence, the women’s tennis team advanced to the NCAA Division II Championships, falling to powerful Barry (Florida), the top-ranked team in the country. Before that, IUP (19-10 overall) had fared well in the conference and regional tournaments, highlighted by the play of Tanya Timko, who sported a 23-11 record as the Crimson Hawks’ number-one singles player. Timko was named the PSAC West Player of the Year and was chosen for the all-district team. Erika Schnaas ’14 also was named to the all-PSAC team.
In his ninth year as the Crimson Hawks’ baseball coach, Jeff Ditch, the school’s all-time leader in wins, passed the 200-victory marker en route to an 18-23 overall mark. The season ended on a high note, with six wins in IUP’s final 10 games, but the Crimson Hawks missed out on the conference playoffs. Outfielder Austin Mock was named to the all-conference first team, and fellow outfielder Hunter Bigler was picked for the Atlantic Region Gold Glove Team. Ditch ended the season with 211 career wins.
In track and field, the Crimson Hawks had several noteworthy performances, led by Krista Matsko, who earned All-America honors in the 400-meter hurdles, with a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Division II Championships in Allendale, Michigan. Matsko was named to the all-region team and was a conference champion in the event. Samantha Thompson ’14 also advanced to the NCAA championships and placed 10th in the steeplechase. At the end of the season, five IUP athletes were awarded all-region honors: Matsko, Thompson, and Katie Koenig on the women’s side, and Joe Lynch and Victor Costello ’14 from the men’s team.
In April at Nap’s Cucina Mia in Indiana, members of the IUP football community gathered to watch clips from the famed 1968 Boardwalk Bowl against Delaware. Among those in attendance were Chuck Klausing, the coach of that team, as well as former head coach Frank Cignetti ’60, M’65 (1986-2005) and current head coach Curt Cignetti. Players in attendance included Bob Barto ’71, Bob Basehore ’71, Wally Blucas ’70, M’73, Jan Calhoun ’66, Jerry Clark ’69, Carmine Cortazzo ’70, Dale Hall ’69, Charlie Hasse ’71, Paul Neatrour ’67, M’75, Ted Oleson, Bob Strouse ’70, and Ray Tomb ’68.
Former coaches Chuck Klausing and Frank Cignetti ’60, M’65, current coach Curt Cignetti, former players, and other members of the IUP football community got together in April at Nap’s Cucina Mia in Indiana to watch clips from the 1968 Boardwalk Bowl against Delaware. Photo courtesy of Patti Klausing Simmons ’72
Former football player and assistant coach Tyrone Dixon ’86, M’87 was inducted into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame on April 27. After a long career as a coach in the college and pro ranks, Dixon now runs the Homeboys Foundation, a nonprofit group that uses football to teach life skills to inner-city youth in western Pennsylvania. When Jim Horner ’67 was enshrined into the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in May, it marked his third such honor. The retired high school principal is also part of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Wrestling and WPIAL halls of fame for his 35-year career as a scholastic wrestling coach.
Four alumni were inducted into the Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame in May: Bill Wilt ’62, M’70, Mike Berzansky ’63, Sue McMurdy ’78, and Steve Neal ’79. Wilt was honored for his long career as a wrestling coach at nearby United High School; Berzansky was picked for his career as an offensive lineman at IUP and in the Canadian Football League; McMurdy was chosen for her award-winning amateur golf career; and Neal was enshrined for his play as quarterback at Indiana High School and IUP, where he played for his father, former head coach Bill Neal.
Four-time national champion long jumper Nafee Harris recently completed his second season as an assistant track and field coach at NCAA Division III school Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster. Luke Getsy, who was the Crimson Hawks’ offensive coordinator in 2011 and 2012, was hired in December as a quality control coach for the Green Bay Packers. Most recently, Getsy was the wide receivers coach at Western Michigan University. Two recent members of the IUP football team, quarterback Mike Box ’13 and wide receiver Terrill Barnes, were invited to the free-agent tryout camp in May with the Washington Redskins.
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